Eastern State PenitentiaryCurrently Closed
- Address: 2027 Fair mount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, United States
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Phone: 1215-2363300
- Ticket Price: 12 USD
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Landmark, Family And Kids
Eastern State Penitentiary - Review
This was probably one of the world’s most influential prisons. When it was built, it was the largest publicly managed building ever. It’s famous for its wagon wheel design – something that prisons in the US and the world over came to adopt. Though it claimed that it was setting the way for better prisoner reform, it’s today widely reviled as a spot where brutal torture was inflicted on prisoners for various infractions. The idea was to reform prisoners through a strict policy of solitary confinement and isolation – an idea that was abandoned as the prison became too crowded. Visitors are on tour tend to go visit the historic cell blocks, especially Al Capone’s restored 19th-century cell. Other exhibits outline thrilling escapes and surprisingly – some rather terrific art. A national historic landmark now, the spooky corridors of this place make it one of the most visited buildings in the country. In Halloween especially the Terror in The Walls event is said to be one of the best haunted house experience in the country!
Eastern State Penitentiary Information
- Visit on Halloween.
Eastern State Penitentiary Ticket Prices
- Senior Citizens (62+): USD10
- Students: USD 8
- Kids (Age 7 - 12): USD 8
How To reach Eastern State Penitentiary by Public Transport
- Buses on Brown St.
- Aspen St.
- Fairmount Avenue
Restaurants Near Eastern State Penitentiary
- Jack’s Firehouse
- Zorba’s Tavern
- Urban Saloon
- London Grill
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Things to Know Before Visiting Eastern State Penitentiary
93.45% of people who visit Philadelphia include Eastern State Penitentiary in their plan
1 PM - 2 PM
80.77% of people start their Eastern State Penitentiary visit around 1 PM - 2 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Eastern State Penitentiary
78.6% of people prefer walking in order to reach Eastern State Penitentiary
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Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia Reviews
A good place to visit while in Philadelphia! Highly recommended. Something totally different from all the attractions in town. A well organized museum with a good included audio tour. You can do a main self guided tour which takes like 45 mins. But besides that there is so much too see and listen too! You can also go on small tours with a guide for no extra charge! Staff is really friendly too!
I definitely recommend anyone come here if they have the time. There is a great deal of history and with every admission you get an audio tour that you listen to as you walk through the Penitentiary. There is so much information and it is super interesting! The rooms and the halls are so astounding to look at and it is curious to think about how much prisons have changed and think about how life was here. They offer plenty of information on modern crime and prisons. You can even register to vote here which is pretty neat
My son and I went on a daytime tour. It was really interesting. Steve Buscemi is the narrator on the audio tour - which was a great choice by the prison. Spent just over an hour there. Easy to get to and a public parking lot is just next door. Reasonably priced - even the gift shop. Definitely recommend.
Interesting destination with lots of local history. Al Capone's cell is probably the most iconic part of the tour. Audio tour is included in the price of admission and takes the tour to the next level. The temporary exhibit was eye opening and the worldwide stats on crime were educational. Not as interesting as Alcatraz but wouldn't expect it to be.
I spent three hours here just doing the audio guided tour, taking pictures, and reading all the art installation's descriptions. One of my favorite aspects was the information on both historical and contemporary forms of incarceration in the USA. Limited climate control may make this place a bit chilly as it becomes fall (I went at the end of September and needed a light sweater). There was a room for resting that was cooled and had micro USB phone chargers. The toilets were port-a-johns. Unfortunately, this historic building is not very accessible for folks with wheelchairs. There are plenty of benches to sit on and rest in.